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May 21 2021

Roundup From Art Basel Hong Kong 2021

by The Editors

Installation view of the 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Photo by Peter Chung for ArtAsiaPacific.

With 104 galleries from 23 countries and territories, the 2021 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong isn’t a full return to the fair’s usual pre-Covid-19 scale of over 230 participants, but it nevertheless offers glimmers of hope for a post-pandemic future. Adaptations were made such that the event would closely resemble “a real art fair” (a description that was repeated among organizers and guests alike, sometimes even exclaimed with a sense of wonder), including the stationing of local assistants at the booths of the 56 international galleries who sent artworks but couldn’t travel to Hong Kong. Features from previous iterations that carried over this year included the Insights sector, comprising in-depth presentations with historically important artists from the Asia-Pacific region, and Discoveries, where emerging artists are spotlighted. Above all, however, it was the steady stream of visitors on the VIP preview day who best restored a sense of normalcy. Here are a selection of works that are worth scoping out, whether you are visiting in person or checking in online.


At Axel Vervoodt (Antwerp / Hong Kong), KIMSOOJA presented Encounter – A Mirror Woman (2017–19), a reflective floor and wall environment with an accordion-style partition. More than just a selfie-destination—but that, too—Kimsooja’s installation invites us to see ourselves from many angles and come face to face with ourselves, or wonder why that is so difficult.
At Axel Vervoodt (Antwerp / Hong Kong), KIMSOOJA presented Encounter – A Mirror Woman (2017–19), a reflective floor and wall environment with an accordion-style partition. More than just a selfie-destination—but that, too—Kimsooja’s installation invites us to see ourselves from many angles and come face to face with ourselves, or wonder why that is so difficult.
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Art Basel Hong Kong 2021 runs at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 21 to 23, 2021.

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